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International Foundation Programme

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Course overview

The Kent International Foundation Programme (IFP) is primarily designed for international students, allowing them to develop their academic knowledge and skills, and if required their English language ability, for entry to undergraduate study at university.

The programme, on offer at the University of Kent for over 40 years, takes place on the Canterbury campus and students are full members of the University with access to University accommodation and all academic, welfare, social and sport facilities on campus.

With academic subject modules and academic skills modules taught by highly qualified University of Kent tutors, the IFP is your first step to a wide range of degree programmes at the University.

Progression on to your degree programme is automatic at the end of the IFP, if you achieve the required grades.

Why study International Foundation Programme at Kent?

Progression routes.

Our International Foundation Programme gives you access a wide range of degree programmes across different subjects


Top 40

In the QS World University Rankings 2024, Kent has been ranked 39th within the UK and is in the top 25% of Higher Education Institutions worldwide.       

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Take the perfect first step towards realising your degree ambitions.

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Funding your studies.

We offer Progression Scholarships to support Foundation students progressing onto undergraduate degrees at Kent. 

A welcoming community

With over 152 nationalities on campus Kent is a dynamic and welcoming international hub. Whatever your passion, you can find your home at Kent. 

Everything you need to know about our International Foundation Programme course

Entry requirements

The University will consider applications from students offering a wide range of qualifications. Click below to find out more.

Course structure

The International Foundation Programme is a modular course taught over three terms.

How you'll study

Teaching is organised in small groups and includes lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops and independent learning. Throughout the course, students will be encouraged to apply the skills learnt in one module to all other modules and find relations between modules in order to broaden their education.

Explore Kent

Our Canterbury and Medway campuses are incredible spaces to study, socialise and succeed. Our virtual events and tours mean you can visit us from anywhere in the world.

Your future

Our foundation programme prepares international students for degree-level study in the UK. We support our students with courses in English language and academic skills, and also offer a range of short courses for visiting overseas students and teaching staff.

Our students progress to studying at degree level on a range of courses. For further information on careers and alumni stories, please see the relevant undergraduate degree courses.

All of our degree programmes at Kent embed employability at every turn. So whatever degree you choose to progress on to following your IFP, you can be sure that you will be supported in getting both the skills and the confidence you need to kick start your career in your chosen field. The sky is truly the limit for our international students, with Kent boasting two Nobel Laureates amongst our international alumni.

Plan your future
We provide advice, workshops and tools to prepare Kent students and graduates for employment and further study.

Hear from Wei Eyu

The International Foundation Programme gave me greater confidence in pursuing my degree studies.

Wei Eyu studied on the International Foundation Programme and recently completed his Computer Science degree.

Fees and funding

The 2024/25 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  • International full-time £17,995

For details of when and how to pay fees and charges, please see our Student Finance Guide.

For students continuing on this programme, fees will increase year on year by no more than RPI + 3% in each academic year of study except where regulated.* 

Your fee status

The University will assess your fee status as part of the application process. If you are uncertain about your fee status you may wish to seek advice from UKCISA before applying.

Find out more about accommodation and living costs, plus general additional costs that you may pay when studying at Kent.

View scholarship opportunities for this programme on the International Programmes website.

Please note that Student Loans Company (SLC) funding is not available for UK students intending to study on the IFP (autumn or spring start), as this is a one year stand-alone programme.

Undergraduate degree programmes following on from the IFP will be eligible for SLC funding, as are undergraduate degree programmes 'with an integrated foundation year'.

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